What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps isn’t just one program: it’s a family of programs that range from teaching and mentoring children to fighting poverty to wildfire mitigation and just about everything in between. There’s an opportunity for anyone to serve and people of any age are able to give back.

As an AmeriCorps member, you are providing service…service to the community. In exchange for your service, you receive a bi-weekly living stipend and an education award of up to $6495.00 that you will receive at the successful completion of your term of service.

There are so many AmeriCorps service opportunities available for you to experience giving back to your neighbors, your community, and your country!

What is AMUS?

Founded on a unique crime reduction model, the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program (AMUS) is a revolutionary program working to improve public safety and health in the City of Detroit and the county of Wayne. Members perform services to increase public safety: create partnerships with community stakeholders to identify crime “hot spots”; organize neighborhood block clubs and community patrols; provide outreach and support to survivors of intimate partner violence; implement safe routes for youth walking or biking to neighborhood schools; securing vacant and open structures; and providing target hardening resources to residents (e.g., home safety assessments, anti-theft auto devices, strategies for safety of persons and property).

Each year more than 50 Detroit young men and women of color age 17-24 participate in the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Summer Youth Program, a service learning program designed to build skills for post-high school success in college and/or career.

Since COVID, AMUS members have expanded their efforts to include canvassing door-to-door to provide residents with connections to vaccination sites and sources of information, such as the Detroit Health Department; providing education and water filtration resources to increase the use of filtered water and reduce blood lead levels; and distribute air purifiers and HEPA filters to help residents improve home indoor air quality, reducing the presence of asthma triggers and other irritants.

Meet the Staff

Connect with our team


Ramona Washington

Lisa Carter

Phone: (313) 993-7213
Email: fp3831@wayne.edu


Iselda Esquivel

Phone: (313) 577-1164
Email: ag5943@wayne.edu


Darrian Hollonquest

Phone: (313) 577-1166
Email: darrian.amus@gmail.com

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